I'm new to this forum and a big tennis fan. I am a bit confused by though about why Murray dropped to world number 3. I thought that when a player goes into a tournament their result from last year drops off.
Federer went in as the defending champion with approx 8000 points. He could only defend the 100 points he won last year so his overall number of points should stay the same.
Whilst Murray lost in the quarters last year but the semis this year. Shouldn't his point lead have increased?
Hi and welcome
It has to do with the fact that in Andy's official rankings breakdown he was counting Beijing 2014 for a week because the Cincy points from 2014 dropped early. In those situations an 'other countable tournament' is factored in to 'fill in' as it were for a 'mandatory tournament' until the MT's points for the current year are put on. So when Andy dropped 180 from Cincy 2014 he simultaneously started counting 180 from Beijing 2014, effectively meaning he never really dropped any points from Cincy.
There's also the fact that Fed defended 1200 from Wimbledon, gained 250 in Halle, and 850 between Istanbul and Rome, and some at the FO - not sure how many though, maybe another 180?
So it is all part of a bigger set of circumstances rather than the last two weeks. Ultimately you could argue that Rome was probably what did for Andy's number 2 ranking this week rather than Fed defending Cincy, because Andy dropped 90 points there and Fed gained 600.
Let's not panic though - they are pretty close. Andy's still in a good position to end the year at 2 - something he's not done before - but if he is going to do that he'll need to be careful about what he plays on the autumn, because he gained 1450 in the post USO season before the O2.
Though it would be reasonable to expect he could do better in Shanghai than the R3 exit he had last year. Also, frankly, its about time he did better than QFs or less in Paris Bercy (even if the court does play like treacle these days!)